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Silent Night, Deadly Night might not have been a good film by any means, however, its sequel is a lot worse. Firstly, like many other sequels to slashers in the '80s, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 recaps what happened in the previous film through the use of flashbacks. However, Lee Harry decides to take this film a step further than the others and makes the "flashbacks" half the entire runtime! It's so bad that if you choose to watch this movie don't do it after watching the original because you pretty much have to sit through it again. It is one of the laziest choices a filmmaker could possibly make and is definitely the worst part of the film. However, despite this, the second half of the film turns out to be comic gold, even if it was unintentional, Eric Freeman, who plays the villain, Ricky, gives a performance so bad that is is downright fascinating.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is perhaps one of the most infamous horror films ever made. Upon its release in 1984, it was met with huge amounts of controversy due to its depiction of a killer Santa and thus generated a huge amount of uproar surrounding its release. However, upon seeing the film I was disappointed to be met with a by the numbers, and largely forgettable slasher.
While Silent Night, Deadly Night is by no means a total failure, it does have some memorable moments, however, these are mostly due to the unintentional cheesiness and laughability of the film rather than anything else. However, apart from this, the films greatest success is perhaps its special effects which are surprisingly good considering how low it's budget was, the rest of the film, though fails in almost everything it sets out to do. The things that Silent Night, Deadly Night fails to achieve that most stand out include; lighting, this, however, is mostly forgivable seeing as how low the budget of the film was and how the filmmakers probably couldn't afford a high-quality camera. The writing is particularly bad with the main villain, Billy, often yelling out the word "punish!" before attacking victims. I believe that the writers included this lin in an attempt to display how the trauma that he received earlier in life ultimately made him homicidal. However, this line makes what could have been a frightening or even disturbing scene into an unintentional comedy.
Overall, Silent Night, Deadly Night is an unoriginal and forgettable slasher. And despite all the controversy it recieved it really is just like anyother slasher from the era.
Sure Critters may be a ripoff of Gremlins which came out 2 years earlier, however, it is an extremely entertaining film, the comedy in this film is superb and is certainly not short on laughs. However, despite this Critters is not a great film, it is pretty poorly written with some of the dialogue seeming forced or cheesy at times. Despite this, the actors do a rather decent job at portraying the characters despite this flaw.
While Bohemian Rhapsody is by no means a flawless film, it is a very powerful and poignant film following the story of the band and their rise to fame. All of the performances are top class especially Rami Malek's performance as Freddie Mercury who perfectly captures the legendary artist's unique stage presence. The cinematography of this film is amazing as well, the camera styles work to truly capture the audience sizes of the concert scenes particularly the climactic Live Aid sequence. The Live Aid scene is truly the best moment of the film as it becomes a representation of Freddie overcoming the struggles he has had to deal with throughout his life, in particular, his AIDS diagnosis. Many critics argue that the film does not focus enough on Freddie's life, in particular, his homosexuality, on this I would like to say that the film is not just about Freddie, although he is the most major character in the film but rather that the plot is about the relationships that the band members, in particular, Freddie form with each other. Secondly, Freddie's sexuality is a major but inexplicit part of the film, as he was very private when concerning his relationships I think that the film's more subtle approach to Mercury's homosexual relationships was a much better route for the filmmakers to take. Also, the film was very clear about Mercury's homosexuality. Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody succeeds in being a poignant celebration of the legendary rock band Queen and ho it has influenced and changed the world and even today 27 years after Mercury's death they continue to remain important and relevant to millions of people around the world.